Friday, July 25, 2014

Ellie Finds Her Voice


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Dear Ellie,

I'm happy to say that you are finally making progress in the area which you've had the most trouble: vocalization.  Granted, while it sounds like you still smoke 6 packs of cigarettes a day, you are successfully making "vowel sounds," especially the "Ooooo's."  What's more, you are attempting to also mimic the sounds that we are making, as well.  Now that you have that milestone under your belt, you are ahead of your cohort in most way, developmentally.  Each time I think some new milestone is another week or two out, you surprise us.  You are even sleeping for long stretches at night.  We've taken you off of rice cereal almost entirely because your reflux isn't nearly as bad as it used to be.  There are a few problems here and there, but they are pretty much falling into normal baby territory.

Curiously, I saw two full term babies the other day who were exactly your adjusted age of 2 months and a week, and I was amazed by how different you were from them.  I don't want to brag or anything (actually, yes I do!) but you seem like such a jovial, astute, and attentive baby in comparison.  It's remarkable, but there are times when I regularly forget all of the things you've been through.  Just a few months ago, I used to see so much uncertainty when I looked ahead, but now I'm becoming reacquainted with all of the things I had imagined for our future.  It's strange feeling that way again.  It's like encountering an old friend I thought I'd never see again.

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  1. Awwww, what an adorable little munchkin Ellie is becoming! Love that adorable face!
    I can't get the video to upload, probably my computer....
    So happy you folks are seeing "normal" these days.
    ~Debby

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    1. Thanks, and whenever you and Winona are back in town, swing on by and say hi!

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    2. We are back, sorta...lol....will give you a call SOON before she leaves for Stetson. Thanks for the invite. Can't wait to get our hands on that little one. (We do get to cuddle Ellie a little, don't we???)
      ~Debby

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  2. Lydia and I fly to Florida tonight for her fixator removal and the thought of being back in Florida brought back memories of you both. I dared to go on the blog hoping I wasn't going to read any bad news. PHEW! What a relief! Ellie is doing so well and looks so healthy and those cute cheeks! She's adorable! What a journey you two have been on. And wow- what amazing letters you write- you have a gift. Lydia misses her playstation partners and misses telling Jackson to chase you....!! I'm so happy for you all. Big hugs from us.
    Love Lydia and Lydia's mom!!! (Christina)

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    2. Yep, everyone loves the cheeks! I've still got Lydia's Zebraish-Rubberband-Animal-Thing (and I still have a bruised ego at being owned by a child at Mario Kart for so long...) If you guys have some time and a vehicle, you can always come by and see the wonder kid that we were always talking about :-)

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    3. We may have time tomorrow! My email address is christina@ukvoice.co.uk .We'd love to see the baby whose milk took up all the freezer space at Quantum House!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Ellie is a little doll. Winona and I are both enchanted by her. Chubby lil cheeks, sweet little voice and smile, and the flipped switch for a nap. Thank you so much for letting us visit. Call ANY time!! lol
    ~Debby

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  4. What a smile ! :) Cutie she is, like a little Buddha :)

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